AMD’s 7nm APUs will reportedly be ready in late 2019

AMD's 7nm APUs will reportedly be ready in late 2019

AMD’s 7nm APUs will reportedly be ready in late 2019

One of the questions surrounding Zen 2 is this; when can we expect the architecture to arrive on mobile platforms, or to put it another way, where is Zen 2/Ryzen 3rd Generation mobile?  

The simple answer is this, AMD is a small company and can only focus on a certain number of launches at a time, which means that Zen 2 will come to mobile after it hits servers and desktops. Earlier this year it was confirmed that 7nm APUs would not be chiplet based this generation, which means that we can’t expect AMD to use the same eight-core chiplets as before to create their next-generation Ryzen mobile parts.

Zen 2 Mobile needs new silicon, and a new report from WccfTech has claimed that AMD’s next-generation of Ryzen mobile chips will be ready in Q4 2019, sometime around November. 

It has been suggested that Zen 2 Mobile will be AMD’s big push for CES 2020, with AMD bringing their low power 7nm designs to mobile users, packing increased performance and lower levels of power consumption than AMD’s existing hardware. WccfTech‘s source calls the product a “Raven Ridge 7nm Refresh”, which is strange as the term refresh implies that AMD’s 7nm lineup will be a mere 7nm version of AMD’s existing Ryzen mobile APUs, which is a little crazy given the fact they currently use Zen CPU cores and Vega graphics. 

What makes more sense is that AMD plans to utilise their existing 7nm IP to create their next-generation of Ryzen mobile products, merging their 7nm Zen 2 cores with their 7nm Vega or Navi (preferably Navi) graphics IP.

In the coming years, Intel plans to battle with AMD to create the world’s best mobile graphics chips, which means that a strong showing at the start of 2020 is a must for AMD if they plan to gain market share in the mobile PC market. AMD needs to put its best foot forward with its next-generation Ryzen mobile parts, and that wouldn’t be the case with a mere 7nm die shrink of today’s Ryzen mobile processors. 
 

AMD's 7nm APUs will reportedly be ready in late 2019

(Image from WCCFTECH)  

 
If this rumour is true, we can expect AMD to announce their third Generation of Ryzen Mobile processors in late 2019 or early 2020, with CES 2020 being the more likely launch venue, as this will give OEMs ample time to prepare next-generation mobile devices. This will also make the launch on 3rd Generation Ryzen mobile one year after the reveal of AMD’s 12nm Ryzen 2nd Generation mobile (the Ryzen Mobile 3000 series).

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